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"Stepping"­ Back in Time: Storybook Homes to Mansions | Oakland/Piedmont | 6 mi.

Description:  This is a loop hike with paths and stairs. Trestle Glen is a neighborhood of Oakland that was laid out in the curvilinear pattern of the early 20th century.  Many of the homes were built in the storybook style popular after the weight of the war and before the Great Depression.  It was playful and escapist.  Piedmont became a city in the early 1900's.  Originally there were large mansions on huge lots.  The lots became subdivided and developers enticed rich San Franciscan's to come to the East Bay with its fair weather to build homes.  Most of these mansions are also from the 1920's in a variety of architectural styles. The gardens are pretty and the stairways and paths were shortcuts to the streetcars.

This is an approximately 6.5 mile medium strenuous walk at a moderate pace to enjoy the neighborhood while getting a little exercise.  We can stop mid-way on Park Blvd. at a cute cafe for a short break.  They are known for their fresh lemonade and quaint patio!

Annual Membership Fee: 10.00 to help support my Meetup dues and planning.  Thank you.

Bring:  Water, snacks, cameras, and money if you wish to purchase food at the cafe.  There is a bathroom for customers.

Parking: There is free parking in the neighborhoods.  Do not park in the Trader Joe's lot unless you buy something there.  Allow at least 2 hours for this walk.

Bus: AC Transit Bus # 26 or a 2.5 mile walk or bike ride from Lake Merritt or 19th St. BART.  Bike racks available on the Ave. or at Trader Joe's. 

Doggies are allowed on leash, but not in the cafes. 

Rain/Drizzle cancels.


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  • Lisa A

    Another great hike, Franny! Thanks to all for coming out and exploring.

    4 days ago

  • Susanna L.

    Wet fun group and hike! Thanks Frannie

    2 · 4 days ago

    • Franny, M.

      You've got a super cute house in the best neighborhood, Sue! Nice to meet the Doc, too...

      2 · 4 days ago

  • Liyan L.

    Thanks so much Franny , a beautiful hike. Nice to meet everyone, such a fun group

    2 · 4 days ago

  • Franny, M.

    Thanks for coming out on this gorgeous day to explore the twisting roads, paths, stairs and homes of Oakland and Piedmont! It was a really fun group with such positive energy! Your membership is also good for New to the SF/Bay Area:

    https://www.meetup.com/New-to-the-SF-Bay-Area-Meetup/

    and Bike the Bay:

    https://www.meetup.com/bikethebaycycists/

    The next hike is going to be next Saturday in the Marin Headlands with a huge group of people! Check details here:

    https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Workout-Walks/events/235659920/

    2 · 4 days ago

  • Franny, M.

    Hi Short Hikers, I'm going to email you my cell # in preparation for tomorrow's hike!

    5 days ago

    • Susanna L.

      Thanks Franny. I'm going to rush to get there but I live in the neighborhood so if I get your cell I may try to meet up with you along the way (early). My cell:[masked] sue

      5 days ago

  • Carina

    Is this a dog friendly hike?

    5 days ago

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